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Promotion of Indian Languages to go digital

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New Delhi: The Human Resource Development Ministry’s Bharatvani project will surely prove to be a great boon for the promotion on Indian Languages, a step put forward by the BJP government.

The Ministry will release multimedia content and study material for school and professional courses in 22 Indian scheduled languages on this International Mother Language Day on February 21.

Task for gathering and compiling the content for the portal is assigned to the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore by the Ministry. This project, creating a knowledge society is also a part of the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative.

School and college textbooks, dictionaries, grammar books in 22 languages will be made available on the portal. The content for the website and other data is being compiled by University Grant Commission, Central Board of Secondary Education, National Book Trust, Indira Gandhi National Open University, National Council of Educational Research and Training and its 16 state partners.

“Besides the school textbooks, Bharatvani will also have books on anthropology, history, books on medical science and text books for engineering courses, available in all possible regional languages,” informed Professor Awadesh Kumar Mishra, director of CIIL.

Education bodies affiliated by Sangh have been only attempting to influence decisions made by the officials to make study material for professional courses available in regional languages.(input from agencies)

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We Are Working Very Closely With India: Trump on Covid-19 Vaccine Project

US and India are working together on Covid-19 vaccine project, revealed Trump

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"Operation Warp Speed" aims to make a vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of this year, told President Trump. Wikimedia Commons

By Arul Louis

Launching “Operation Warp Speed” to ready a vaccine against Covid-19 by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Friday the US was working with India on the project suggests the Latest World News.

“We are working very closely also with India,” Trump said while speaking to reporters when he unveiled the project at the White House.

He also acknowledged the work of Indian-Americans on vaccine development projects.

There is a “tremendous Indian population in the United States, many of the people you are talking about are working on the vaccine too. Great scientists and researchers,” he said.

Trump, who recalled his February visit to India, ended his comment on India saying, “Say hello to your Prime Minister!”

Earlier, he said that India and other countries would have access to any vaccine or therapy developed by the US.

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Trump acknowledged the work of Indian-Americans on vaccine development projects. Wikimedia Commons

He said that the US and companies were not seeking to make a profit out of the crisis and wanted to make them available to all.

Trump said that the goal of “Operation Warp Speed” was to try to have a vaccine ready by the end of the year.

“We would love to see if we could do it prior to the end of the year,” he said.

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He said that Moncef Slaoui, who is the former head of GlaxoSmithKline vaccines division, would head the project with General Gustave Perna looking after the logistics.

Trump said that the vaccine would be available to all who wanted it and the military, the other arms of the government and the private sector would be fully mobilised to get them out.

The best candidates of the several under development would be made ready in advance and would go out as soon one gets approved. (IANS)

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Intel-Microsoft Collaborated Project Turns Malware into Images

Intel and Microsoft joined hands to work on the study

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Intel-Microsoft joint project to turn malware into images. Pixabay

Researchers from Intel and Microsoft have joined forces to study the use of deep learning for malware threat detection in a project that first converts malware into images.

The basis for this study is the observation that if malware samples are turned into grayscale images, the textural and structural patterns can be used to effectively classify them as either benign or malicious, as well as cluster malicious samples into respective threat families, Microsoft said.

The researchers used an approach that they called static malware-as-image network analysis (STAMINA), Jugal Parikh and Marc Marino from Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team wrote in a blog post.

For the first part of the collaboration, the researchers built on Intel’s prior work on deep transfer learning for static malware classification and used a real-world dataset from Microsoft to ascertain the practical value of approaching the malware classification problem as a computer vision task.

Using the dataset from Microsoft, the study showed that the STAMINA approach achieves high accuracy in detecting malware with low false positives.

The results were detailed in a paper titled “STAMINA: Scalable deep learning approach for malware classification”.

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The researchers used an approach that they called static malware-as-image network analysis (STAMINA). Wikimedia Commons

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To establish the practicality of the STAMINA approach, which posits that malware can be classified at scale by performing static analysis on malware codes represented as images, the study covered three main steps: image conversion, transfer learning, and evaluation.

The study was performed on a dataset of 2.2 million PE file hashes provided by Microsoft. This dataset was temporally split into 60:20:20 segments for training, validation, and test sets, respectively.

The joint research encourages the use of deep transfer learning for the purpose of malware classification. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Xiaomi Stops Working on its Custom in-house Chip Project

There were reports that Xiaomi would show off the Surge S2 at MWC 2018 but it never happened

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According to industry insiders, Xiaomi is focusing its attention on other projects which are not as complicated or expensive as developing an application processor. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has pulled the plug on its custom in-house chip project, which was developed by the Pinecone division.

Xiaomi’s first proprietary processor — the Surge S1 — made headlines back in 2017 as it pushed the Chinese handset maker into the elite group of tech companies like Samsung and Huawei that could develop their own processors.

However, after the Surge S1, we didn’t hear much about its chip development progress. The latest information from China suggests that Xiaomi has likely abandoned its chipset project, Gizmo China reported on Thursday.

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Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has pulled the plug on its custom in-house chip project, which was developed by the Pinecone division. Wikimedia Commons

There were reports that Xiaomi would show off the Surge S2 at MWC 2018 but it never happened.

According to industry insiders, Xiaomi is focusing its attention on other projects which are not as complicated or expensive as developing an application processor. Instead of making smartphone processors, the company is looking to develop low power Bluetooth, RF chips, and other peripheral components, the Gizmo China report added.

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Xiaomi’s own Surge S1 was essentially a basic 28nm chip that featured stock ARM hardware — eight Cortex-A53 cores and a quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. (IANS)